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Nash deputies raid motel rooms, homes

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ROCKY MOUNT — Authorities seized guns, drugs and cash from motels and homes last week as part of Operation Lockdown.

Deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office executed multiple search warrants throughout the city of Rocky Mount, said Maj. Eddie Moore.

The raids were based on multiple narcotics complaints and controlled buys for heroin, cocaine and marijuana being sold from local motels and homes, Moore said.

During the execution of the search warrants, deputies seized:

• 148 doses of heroin.

• 296 grams (10.4 ounces) of cocaine.

• 10 doses of Ecstasy, or MDMA.

• Two handguns.

• Two AK-47 rifles.

• Two AR-15 rifles.

• $17,575 in cash.

• A 2004 Mercedes Benz C240 sedan.

• A 2016 Jeep Cherokee SUV.

According to information from the sheriff’s office, narcotics deputies were conducting surveillance on the Days Inn when they saw Maurice Nicholson leave the motel on June 10 and travel south on U.S. 301.

Familiar with Nicholson from previous narcotics investigations and knowing he frequented the motel to distribute drugs, deputies tried to stop him at U.S. 301 and Sunset Avenue.

Nicholson fled from deputies until reaching his home on Aycock Street. During the pursuit, deputies witnessed Nicholson toss items from the passenger window of his car, which turned out to be about 147 dosage units of heroin and a small amount of marijuana.

On June 22, deputies executed a search warrant at the Executive Inn for Room 208 in reference to multiple complaints and controlled buys that had taken place. During the raid, deputies say Reginald Lawrence tried to eat packages of heroin. Deputies took him into custody and Nash County EMS checked him for ingesting a small amount of heroin.

On June 23, deputies, detectives and members of the sheriff’s office Highway Interdiction Team executed a search warrant at 313 N. Howell St. During the search, deputies seized roughly 10 grams of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia from inside the home.

On June 23, deputies searched 2825 Chamberlain Drive, seizing about 20 grams of cocaine, 10 dosage units of MDMA, 40 grams of marijuana and $3,244 in cash. Deputies arrested Keith Tyrone Pittman.

On June 23, deputies acted on information that Lavarus Kelly and Oswan Pettway were selling drugs at 1411 S. Franklin St. During a search of the home, Deputies located seven individual bags of crack packaged for sale, an AK-47, 20 grams of marijuana and about $140 in cash. Kelly, a convicted felon, isn’t allowed to possess a firearm. Kelly and Pettway were arrested on multiple charges of distributing crack cocaine.

On June 23, deputies searched 236 Briar Cliff Road. They seized marijuana, multiple THC cartridges, an AK-47 and $1,059 in cash. Deputies took Keinan Haggis and Jamaal Dobyns into custody.

On June 24, deputies searched 1108 Parham St. and seized crack cocaine, marijuana and $740 in cash. That investigation is still underway.

On June 24, deputies stopped a Hyundai Elantra at Delane and Alexander drives. The car ran a stop sign and appeared to be in violation of window tint laws. During the stop, the driver admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed an AR-15 rifle in the rear passenger seat. Driver, Jessie Williams Jr. and passenger, Mikel Newton were charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

On June 24, patrol deputies, detectives and HIT members raided 5362 N.C. 48 in Rocky Mount’s Battleboro community. Also, deputies stopped a silver Jeep Cherokee seen leaving the location. K-9 Pinka indicated the odor of narcotics was present. During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized 264 grams of powder cocaine and roughly $9,800 in cash. Deputies arrested Kenric Sharpe.

Deputies also stopped a GMC 2500HD pickup. During a probable cause search, deputies seized marijuana, THC wax, a Glock 9mm pistol, a Glock .40-caliber pistol and $1,878 in cash. Delvon Watson and Carvell Puddy were returned to the home to be present for the service of the search warrant, during which deputies seized additional marijuana, THC wax and an AR-15 rifle with a 50-round drum magazine. Deputies arrested Sharpe and Watson and issued a citation to Carvell Puddy.

“The Nash County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division would like to thank the citizens of Nash County for their assistance in this matter,” Moore said. “The Narcotics Division has worked diligently to combat the drugs, gangs and guns throughout Nash County and will continue to address these issues.”